Props to KR, bstewart, Ace, Jenga, owen, Glark and Sars.
Before I embark upon this wrap-up, I want everyone to know how much this episode took out of me. One couple going at it per show is lots; never again do I want to have to sit through three teenaged couples exploring their youthful sexuality. Yecch.
Open on a tight close-up of Pacey "Chipmunk Cheeks" Witter, who's saying, "I can't believe you're saying this. I mean, after all these years of hiding behind highbrow analytical posturing." Cut to a tight close-up of Dawson "Little Joey Eszterhas" Leery, who replies, "I'm saying it. I love you. I know it's nonsensical --" Pacey cuts him off with, "'Nonsensical'? It's insane! We've known each other for fifteen years, you couldn't find some other time to Freudian slip this cat out of the bag?" Dawson exclaims, "I've wanted to! So many times! You have no idea how long I've been wrestling internally with the psychological repercussions of, of my feelings," as the camera moves further back, taking in Pacey, sitting on the bed, and Dawson in a chair across from him. Pacey says, "I need time to process. I mean, my electrical synapses are on overload here. My brain is telling me one thing, but my heart, it says another [sic]. It's telling me that I should consider the unequivocal, highly irrational, possibly damaging proposition of loving you back." Dawson says, "Wait," and leans in for the...script that's lying on the bed beside Pacey. "God, you missed a line. You forgot 'hypnotically scarring,'" so I say, props to Pacey for delivering only those lines that actually make sense. Pacey says, "So if you want it done right, you get an actor. I'm not exactly comfortable playing the girl here." Oh, now I see what they've done! They've set up the scene as if Dawson were actually making a declaration of love to Pacey, and not that they're both reciting lines from Dawson's evidently craptacular script! Homosexual humour! What delightful, not at all offensive fun! Ha ha, not (tm Sars). And I would add here that, in order to transcribe the dialogue accurately, I had to rewind and replay several times those few seconds in which Dawson leans toward Pacey, mouth slightly parted, as if he were going to kiss him, and I can't help thinking Kevin Williamson crafted that little moment as a bit of all right for himself, but whatever. Dawson says, "So what do you think? Do you think it'd make a good movie?" Pacey demurs, saying, "You write in too many syllables. I mean, what's with all this psychobabble insight? How many teenagers do you know that talk like that?" Oh, how very meta, to have Pacey deliver the stinging criticism the show so often receives. Delicious. Except for the "delicious" part (tm Sars). Dawson answers, "Syllables aside, do you think it'll make a good movie?" Oh I see, Dawson, you're going to ask until you get the answer you want. Pacey says, non-committally, "Yeah, yeah. However, you did make Joey a little bit on the angry side, even for her." For some reason, the camera is panning back and forth again, only it's positioned behind a piece of furniture so that things like Dawson's lava lamp keep getting in the way. Good thing that's not really annoying and distracting. Oh wait -- it is (tm Sars).